28 March 2019
Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Vienna, Austria

Co-Creating Misinformation-resilient Society

The first Co-Inform project workshop is jointly organized by IIASA and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. The goal of the workshop is to discuss perceptions of misinformation and to collect inputs on stakeholders views for further development of artificial intelligence tools. The workshop covers several innovative methods of stakeholders’ dialogue such as games based on words associations, participatory landscape mapping as well as wish-lists for policy-makers and interactive online “fake news” games. 

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This workshop is the first event in the participatory process involving journalists, fact checkers, inhabitants of the Austrian Limited Profit Housing (ALPH) sector and policymakers in Austria. Several Austrian stakeholders in the decision-making processes on migration and housing expressed their interest in the Co-Inform project and are participating in the workshop. Among them is the Austrian Chamber of Labor, ALPH, companies “Neues Leben”, “Siedlungsgenossenschaft Neunkirchen”, “Heim”, “Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte, housing service of the municipality of Vienna, as well as the Austrian Association Association of Cities and Towns, which has 252 members among the total of 2100 local authorities representing 55% of total population in Austria.

The workshop is moderated by Mr. Wojciech/Wojtek Czaja who works as a journalist, book author and facilitator/moderator in the field of architecture, urbanism, and real-estate. He is mostly writing for the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard, but also for several architecture magazines in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. His latest book is called Hektopolis. Ein Reiseführer in hundert Städte. 

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Co-Inform project

Misinformation is one of the most pressing issues which the world is facing today. It existed for a long time, but nowadays new technologies and social media facilitated the spread of misinformation, which has the potential to lead to social conflicts. Misinformation about such socially disputed issues as migration can influence attitudes towards migrants. Perceptions towards migration are socially constructed and influenced by such factors as socialization, experience, awareness also including general sentiments in the media reporting. Perceptions are frequently influenced by preconditions, which can be a result of information flow or personal experience and can lead to prejudices.   

The focus of the Co-Inform project is on misinformation about migration and its impacts on the Austrian Limited Profit Housing sector (ALPH). ALPH was selected for several reasons but mainly because immigrants are making a significant share of its inhabitants. The sector is getting more and more heterogeneous in terms of cultural, ethnic and religious background of people living there. ALPH is also a key pillar of the Austrian policy on socio-economic development and political stability, it represents 24% of the total housing stock and more than 30% of total new construction. 

The project foresees development of Artificial Intelligence methods for and in frames of the stakeholders’ dialogue, such as browser plug-ins to raise awareness of citizen about misinformation or dashboards for fact-checking journalists and policy-makers which shows detected misinformation and its origins. 


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Last edited: 05 April 2019

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Nadejda Komendantova

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Advanced Systems Analysis

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Saqr M, Joshi S, Perfumi S, Casu O, Sotirchos D, Ekenberg L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0665-1889, Komendantova N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179, Kyza E, et al. (2018). Co-Inform: Co-Creating Misinformation-Resilient Societies: Pilot Requirements and Service Design. Stockholm University

Joshi S, Koulolias V, Sjösberg C, Perfumi S, Saqr M, Petritsopoulou M, Casu O, Sotirchos D, et al. (2018). Co-Creation Framework – Building a Sustainable Ecosystem. Co-Inform Consortium

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